Linden taxi driver murder…
Investigations into the murder of taxi driver
Edward Whinfield took a controversial turn yesterday after police detained a mother and her two daughters including a baby in the Wiscoc Police Station lockups.
The baby was subsequently handed over to relatives, but the mother, Petal Reid of Christianburg, and her 16-year-old daughter
were still in custody yesterday.
According to a relative, police appear to think that the two females have information about the $7M heist at the Wismar Post Office.
Relatives confirmed that Petal Reid’s daughter was the slain taxi driver’s girlfriend.
Police believe that a row over the loot led to his death.
Reid’s relatives told Kaieteur News that police ranks visited her home at around 17:00 hrs on Saturday and arrested the woman and her teenaged daughter.
They alleged that Reid had no one to keep her baby, so the child was also taken to the Wisroc Police Station and placed in the lockups with Reid and her daughter.
A relative said that the baby was handed over to Reid’s husband about an hour later when he visited the station.
Kaieteur News was told that investigators yesterday took Reid and her daughter to another station for further questioning.
The relative insisted that Reid knew nothing
about the robbery and said that she was a poor woman who was barely getting by.
Asked why the child was placed in the lockups, a senior police official said that when the ranks went to arrest Reid, the woman picked up the baby and told the ranks that they would have to place both of them in the lockups.
Meanwhile, police are still questioning an ex-policeman, a doctor’s son, and a female postal employee about the taxi driver’s demise.
The ex-policeman and the physician’s son reside at Blue Berry Hill, Wismar and are associates of the slain man.
The female postal staffer is employed at the Wismar Post Office and was among those who were detained in connection with the heist. She is also the girlfriend of the physician’s son.
Kaieteur News understands that the former cop was implicated before in criminal activities at Linden, including the gang-rape of a young woman from the bauxite community.
Police suspect that Edward Whinfield drove the getaway car following the $7M theft from the post office.
Whinfield’s battered body was found in a clump of bushes at Wisroc, in an area known as Bamboo Turn, around 07:30 hrs on Thursday.
He was lying face down and he appeared to have been clubbed at the back of the head.
The victim was shirtless and barefooted, but clad in a pair of underpants.
Whinfield, the father of two, aged four and two years, also appeared to have sustained a wound to one of his eyes and there were abrasions on his hands.
Whinfield’s beige-coloured Toyota AT192, HB 5056, was found a few yards away. The speakers and a Discman were missing, as well as the victim’s mobile phones.
The back seat of the vehicle was blood-stained.
It is believed that the killers murdered Edward Whinfield in his home and then took the body in his own car to Bamboo Turn, some six miles away.
A brother confirmed that Edward Whinfield was detained in early December in connection with the $7M robbery at the Wismar Post Office.
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